"The Republicans, I don't know how many there were in Berkeley, but they would not be coming here," Pat Cody, 82, said Sunday. "Our big success was the community telling us what they wanted and us listening. (The store) reflected the concerns, the thinking of the community."
Maybe that's why they closed: they turned away the Republicans.
More seriously, a bookstore's a bookstore, not a weapon in the political struggle.
If Cody's was as good a book store as people say, a lot of Republicans probably visited it over the years.
I was in an independently owned liberal bookstore about a month ago. A group of investors bought it from the people who ran it previously for about 2 decades.
I can’t say that it got more political but maybe that the spirit of the times has made ALL such inventory more “political” (whether it was the slam of candidate GWBush in 2000 or the “Bush’s war” books of today).
Anyway, a lady was asking the owner if her Sunday NY Times was complete. It was so thin these days.
The times are a changing. The paper has cut back and cut back and cut back staff and print (as circulation dropped and advertisers spend their money elsewhere).